GONZALES — Gonzales youth with an interest in police work as a career participated in the Gonzales Police Department’s Junior Police Academy for two weeks in July.
The 15 youngsters — between the ages of 12 and 15 — learned the fundamentals of police work in a class setting and in the field, with instruction given by Gonzales Police Chief Keith Wise, Officer Ruben Pulido and Community Service Officer Ulyses Fierros. Members of the Gonzales Police Explorer Program assisted the police staff.
“Our plan was to run the sessions for about a week or so, but we went into a second week as the students wanted to learn more and they were a great group,” Wise said. “We had about 15 students, and we would have two-hour sessions here in our offices.”
According to Wise, the students learned about taking fingerprints, investigating crime scenes, gathering evidence, driving safety and working with the public.
“I felt the program was a really big success because of the cooperation and interest of the students,” Wise said. “They had fun taking pictures at crime scenes and gathering evidence, and paid attention during the classroom sessions.”
A similar youth academy with the Gonzales Fire Department also took place this summer. Both programs were free for participants.